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Old 09-19-2008, 03:36 PM
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NJ State Police Official report on Scott Kalitta's Death

http://www.njsp.org/news/pr091708.html

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Post mortem toxicological analysis of blood obtained from Scott Kalitta during his autopsy revealed the presence of Ethanol at a level of 23 mg/dL. This level converts to a BAC percentage of .02% BAC. This level, 25% of the legal limit for intoxication in the State of New Jersey, remains in violation of NHRA rules (Section 1.7, I., B.1.) as well as N.J.S.A. Title 13 Chapter 62 New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Racetrack Regulations

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Old 09-19-2008, 04:13 PM
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http://www.njsp.org/news/pr091708.html

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Driver Toxicology
Post mortem toxicological analysis of blood obtained from Scott Kalitta during his autopsy revealed the presence of Ethanol at a level of 23 mg/dL. This level converts to a BAC percentage of .02% BAC. This level, 25% of the legal limit for intoxication in the State of New Jersey, remains in violation of NHRA rules (Section 1.7, I., B.1.) as well as N.J.S.A. Title 13 Chapter 62 New Jersey State Motor Vehicle Racetrack Regulations
surely they didn't do an autopsy on Scottie - - - this has got to be a "bad" joke - - - please tell me it is
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:10 PM
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surely they didn't do an autopsy on Scottie - - - this has got to be a "bad" joke - - - please tell me it is

I am pretty sure any death other than natural causes gets a autopsy unless faimialy denies for religouse reasons.

Don't Quote me on that.

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So Ethanol???? are we saying he was DUI?



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Old 09-19-2008, 05:46 PM
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if they needed to know the cause of death, they should have just watched the same ESPN video that afternoon that we all did
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:48 PM
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I have seen several chutes deploy, and not inflate, or got burned up. All of those drivers got their cars to stop using the brake system. The latest was my good friend, Randy Walls in his Super Nova, last fall.

The locked up clutch in Scott's car makes sense why he could not get it slowed down enough. His brake system had to be smoking hot, causing a brake fade.
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:45 PM
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What else is new, the guy has one beer at the track and they use it as a reason to blame the whole accident on him.

Sounds like an aircraft accident investigation when they blame the wing falling off on the pilot because he had two drinks the night before.

Sounds like CYA time.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:38 AM
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it was a tragic accident and hopefully will continue to lead to more safety improvements.
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Being as dumb as a rock, my question is : WHERE did the Ethanol come from?

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Many things can cause ethenol to be in your body, i doub't it had anything to do with being annebriated as the cause or if he really was, I PA where I reside, that number of .025 would be an infraction for someone with a CDL licence for driving a heavy truck.

What really matters here is the controversy of wha actually caused his death, it clearly show he was alive before impacting the ESPN truck at the end of the track and the way the pea gravel was placed by NHRA officials. Six inches higher than the surface causing the car to easily go airborne ecspecially with the clutch locked up and no downforce. The end of it all was the boom truck placed in harms way.

As a photographer I've been given chances to take a scizzors lift down to the finish line for "stripe" shots, but refused knowing that if the car went over a guardrail they would have 15,000lbs of solid metal to deal with, I always declined.

I also feel now that Raceway Park can finally feel absolved of this sad incident and the speculations that the shutdown was too short.

RIP Scott Kallita.
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Being as dumb as a rock, my question is : WHERE did the Ethanol come from?

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Rattler, I do believe that ethanol can come from more sources than a beer or libation, It could be gums, or even breath fresheners, or mouthwash to cause an extremely high rate of it in your system.
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clutch locked up . . .

Burned up cute.


Pea gravel too high.


boom truck in the way &





Not enuf room to slow down.


The safety improvement needs to be enuf room for a car rolling to a natural stop from 400 MPH & that is excess full in planning but still not enuf room.

They spend Millions & Millions on advertising, well if its their bread & butter let them step up & fix what is wrong.


Going fast has its risks & each time someone get hurt it changes.




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Son of a gun. You learn something everyday. For the past few months I thought this was the cause.
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$0.02 - - the powers to be knew that venue was not adaquate for any errors in cars going 330 mph !
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Somebody needs to point out that the percentage of alcohol shown in his blood could have been from exposure to the fuel!

We do absorb the stuff through our skin, eyes, and noses. Think about the amount of raw alcohol in the air during the runs, we all know it's there because it burns, and we love it.



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Which Venue does not matter, IMO Accidents will happen. Mechanicle mistakes will 'come forward', and 'tell the truth' as to what happened.

'P' gravel piled 6 inches above the track, and a "car" not being able to slow down enough because of a mechanicle failure(locked up clutch) compounds the problem. Plus the loss of the right front 'wheel' after hitting the wall, makes 'sense'. This 'might' have caused him to loose the hydraulic brake system all together at this point.

I don't "know", it's just my opinion.
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